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Poster: helenbuckeeta Date: Dec 22, 2010 12:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Soundboard or Audience Recording?

Apples and Oranges indeed. The audience recording linked here is from the rear main floor at The Uptown (a great little hall) the Band loved to perform in, similar in many ways to the Warfield, just slightly smaller and taller.

Front row in the first balcony at the Uptown was a trip for three reasons; the sound, the view (you were literally on top of the performers), and during the encores, with everyone dancing, the balcony would sway, not unlike an earthquake. Lesh could generate 20hz tones in this building.

The Feburary 1981 shows performed here are probably the best performances of the year, sans 12/31/81. The following links to both a Lavata Soundboard, and a front row balcony Audience provide an interesting perspective.
Second set rips....

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Poster: yokosduo Date: Dec 22, 2010 4:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Uptown Theater 02/27/81 Second Set

Solid run of shows, 02/27/81 Second Set

Scarlet > Fire > Estimated > Eyes > NFA was one of the go-to Walkman Tapes on the slopes at A-Basin Colorado back in the ski days. I prefer the Audience due to the good clarity and the cool sound of the hall.

This run made the MSG shows in March 1981 pale in comparison.

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Poster: CharlieMiller Date: Dec 23, 2010 7:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Uptown Theater 02/27/81 Second Set

I did some shows on this tour. And MSG blew away Chicago. Not even close.